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Jackson, Steven J., Pompe, Alex and Krieshok, Gabriel (2012): Repair worlds: maintenance, repair, and ICT for development in rural Namibia. In: Proceedings of ACM CSCW12 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2012. pp. 107-116. Available online

This paper explores the nature and centrality of maintenance and repair ('M&R') work in the extension and sustainability of ICT infrastructure in the global South. Drawing from pragmatist traditions in CSCW and the social sciences at large, we develop a concept of 'repair worlds' intended to map the varieties and effects of such maintenance and repair activities. Empirically, our analysis builds on ethnographic fieldwork into local practices of maintenance and repair that have accompanied and supported the extension of mobile phone and computing infrastructure in the Kavango region of northeastern Namibia.

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Jackson, Steven J., Pompe, Alex and Krieshok, Gabriel (2011): Things fall apart: maintenance, repair, and technology for education initiatives in rural Namibia. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 83-90. Available online

Repair and maintenance haunt the margins of ICT and development ('ICTD') and broader information school scholarship, but have rarely received central theoretical or empirical attention in the field. This paper attempts to fill this gap. Theoretically, it explores ideas from the growing but scattered body of social science work around infrastructure, maintenance and repair, and argues for maintenance and repair as key sites of difference, innovation, power, and sustainability in ICTD settings. Empirically, the paper examines patterns and tensions in maintenance and repair in Rundu and the wider Kavango region in northeastern Namibia. We conclude with key findings and lessons for future ICTD and iSchool scholarship.

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Cahill, Clara, Kuhn, Alex, Schmoll, Shannon, Pompe, Alex and Quintana, Chris (2010): Zydeco: using mobile and web technologies to support seamless inquiry between museum and school contexts. In: Proceedings of ACM IDC10 Interaction Design and Children 2010. pp. 174-177. Available online

Museums and other out-of-school settings, are ideal contexts for children to engage in authentic scientific inquiry. However, students need support to successfully do inquiry outside of the classroom, and to make connections between what they are learning in and outside of school. Zydeco is a new system that aims to support students in seamlessly conducting inquiry across contexts. Zydeco includes an online web component that allows students to define goals, questions, and categorical information for their science investigations. This information is uploaded to a handheld device, which allows students to photograph, tag, and annotate information in a museum. Students can then access their museum work in the classroom to complete their investigations. Here we describe the Zydeco system, highlighting strategies for addressing challenges of mediating inquiry across class and museum contexts.

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